Innovative Learning

LYNX students select courses, instructional methods, extensions, and learning opportunities that are relevant and meaningful to their Student Success Plans.

Students will have access to learning through a variety of options, including:

  • Structured classroom courses
  • Advanced Placement courses
  • Career and Technology Education (CTE) courses
  • FCPS Virtual School courses
  • Online courses and experiences
  • Blended courses
  • Project-based learning
  • Dual enrollment at an institution of higher education
  • Enrichment courses at an institution of higher education
  • Portfolio development
  • Internships/Work Study
  • Apprenticeships
  • Independent study
  • Trans-disciplinary project-based learning

To achieve our goal of personalized learning for all students, Frederick County Public Schools is working with Great Schools Partnership (opens in new window) to transition to competency-based education at LYNX.

To learn more, please visit Leadership in Action Briefs provided by Great Schools Partnership (opens in new window), one-page topic summaries  (that also have longer “I want to learn more” versions) that speak to several elements of our work.

Competency Based Learning matrix, details below

Graduation
Requirement
Reporting
Method
  Assessment
Method
YES Transcripts and
Report Cards
Cross Curricular
Graduation Competencies
5-8 competencies taught in
all content areas
Body of Evidence
Students demonstrate achievement of competencies through a body of evidence evaluated using common rubrics
YES Transcripts and
Report Cards
Discipline-Specific
Graduation Competencies
5-8 competencies for each content area
Verification of Proficiency
Students demonstrate achievement of content-area graduation competencies through their aggregate performance on summative assessments over time
NO Progress Reports Performance Standards
5-10 standards for each cross-curricular and discipline-specific competency that move students toward proficiency and the achievement of graduation competencies
Summative Assessment
Graded summative assessments are used to evaluate the achievement of performance indicators
NO Teacher Feedback Learning Objectives
Learning objectives guide the design of curriculum units that move students toward proficiency and the achievement of performance indicators
Formative Assessment
Ungraded formative assessments are used to evaluate student learning progress